Local Special Olympics athletes win gold



One golfer and one softball team from Clark County were gold medal winners in Special Olympics of Washington Summer Classic state tournaments for those sports held Aug. 20-21 in Everett.

Representing the Clark County Chippers, Jason Tevlin won a gold medal in golf competition held at Walter E. Hall Golf Course. Teammate Michael Torres won a bronze medal. They were coached by Mike Cordeiro.

In softball, the Clark County Pirates won the gold medal in the Master 7 Division. Members of the Pirates team were: Dianna Bartusek, Jeremy Beer, Jeremy Descloux, Zacharius Descloux, Kristi Klingenmier, Philip Klover, Peter Li, Kendra Liebe, Ashley Medlock, Jennifer Moscou, Natalie Raylance, Isaac Shelter and Cedric Yates. The Pirates were coached by Andrea Medlock.

In softball individual skills competition, Adam Calkin won a silver medal. His coach was Sylvia Downey.

Earning softball bronze medals were the Clark County Mariners and the Clark County Braves.

The Mariners competed in the Master 5 Division. Their players were: Alex Ables, Dirk Alf, Adam Barr, Kevynn Bogart, Derek Dalke, Dennis Dole Jr, Jason Downey, Ron Gebbie, Becky Johnson, Nathaniel Little, Marissa McCollum, Chris Rector, Deanna Sanders and Eric Stage.The coach was Jason Scott.

The Braves played in the Master 6 Division. Their players were: Sharisse Aichele, Tom Brunner, Tim Cook, Matt Folkerts, Jason Baumgartner, Cheron Skelton, Everett Smith, Samantha Spencer, John Veals, Ally Warner, Joshua Webber, Jackie Winters and Bryanna Zychowicz. Their coach was Rick Cook.

In the Master 1 Division, the Clark County Reds took fourth place. Their players were: Michael Cook, Nathan Ellis, Bracken Harden, Santos Lopez, Larry Matthews, Sam Mclntyre, Cory Robak, Robert Schmitz, Ivan Soltero, Sean Starr, Andrew Stekhuizen and Michael Vanoni. The coach was Bryan Cook.

Special Olympics provides training and competition in various sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information about its programs, contact Clark County Special Olympics sports coordinator, Rick Cook at CCSOWA@live.com.